Frequently Asked Questions!
How young do you start children in your classes?
We accept children as soon after birth that a parent feels comfortable bringing their child into a group setting.
Up to what age do you take children?
We take children up to the age of five. By age five they should have the basics that we teach in Music Together® and may be ready to progress to more formal training.
How many children are in each class?
We have anywhere from 6-12 in a class, but the norm is 10.
What are your semesters?
We have ten-week semesters for fall, winter and spring and either a six or eight-week semester for summer.
How long is a class?
Each class is 45 minutes.
Can I try a class before registering?
Yes. We invite you to attend a no-obligation preview with your child. Click Here to Schedule Your Trial Class
Can one parent bring more than one child?
Yes, we encourage families to attend together. Our classes are mixed-age which allows siblings of different ages to be in class together. A baby under eight mos. is free with a registered sibling.
Can both parents attend?
Absolutely! We love it!
Can a grandmother or baby sitter bring my child?
Yes, but we still encourage parents to get involved by singing the songs at home or in the car with their child. We provide a songbook and two CDs to facilitate parent involvement.
How much does it cost for a semester?
For the 10-week semesters, the new family tuition is $230 + a $10 one-time-only registration fee + tax (Aiea is $10 less base tuition). The tuition includes the illustrated songbook with activity ideas and two CDs of the 25+ songs we use during the semester. Families new to Music Together also receive a booklet/DVD entitled, "Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically" which will help you understand and encourage your child's musical behavior. Registered families also have access the the Family Music Zone where they can download an extra copy of the music to their mobile device and also find more activities, including crafts that correlate to the music of the current semester. Summer semesters are shorter and have an appropriately reduced tuition.
Are there any other fees, such as a membership or materials fee?
There are no add-on costs, your tuition is all-inclusive.
Do I have to choose just one class and then always attend that class?
To keep the classes cohesive, you attend at the same time/day every week. This allows both the children and the adults to become comfortable with the other participants and relax and enjoy their class. However, we allow makeups.
If we miss a class, can we make it up?
Yes. Each family may use three make-ups per semester. They may be used before or after a planned absence. Make-ups are scheduled on our website and you may attend any class that has an available space. Makeups are on a first-come, first-served basis. It is the responsibility of the family to either attend all their classes or schedule their makeups. Ohana Music Together cannot guarantee makeups. Make-ups cannot be "rolled over" to a subsequent semester.
Can we join an ongoing class?
You can join a class that is already in session up to the third week. After the third week, your next opportunity to join us is the following semester.
Do I have to sing?
You don't have to be a great singer to present a good model as a music maker for your child. It's only through you, their primary care-giver, that your child will gain the disposition to enjoy and participate in the music of their culture. So, we do ask all attending adults to sing and move with us to the best of their ability. The good news is that your child thinks your voice is beautiful no matter what you think of it! The other good news is that no one else is listening to, or judging you! We're are all too busy singing and enjoying the interaction with the children.
Do we play instruments in class?
Yes! We use a variety of percussion instruments and props at least three times during the course of each class. The instruments are all percussive because they need to be age-appropriate and child-safe for all of the children. We want the children to feel a sense of satisfaction in their instrument play and percussion instruments reliably provide that at this age.
What kind of music do you use in class?
We use many traditional songs from cultures around the world as well as original songs written by the founders of Music Together. The styles include folk, jazz, swing, blues and classical amongst others. Our songs are written or arranged in keys that are most easily heard and processed by young children.
Do all your classes have the same music?
We have nine different song collections that we rotate over the course of three years, i.e. a family would have to attend steadily for three years before repeating a song collection. All of our classes during a particular semester use the same collection.